Leaked audio recordings have revealed that Donald Trump requested wealthy members of one of his golf clubs to assist in interviewing candidates for posts in his administration.
The current president was recorded saying to guests to “come round” and help interview possible “generals and dictators”, telling them it would be “fun”.
The comments were made by Trump to members of his Bed minster golf club in New Jersey just two weeks after his election win during a party.
Trump can be heard saying “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow – generals, dictators, we have everything. You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.”
Trump also stated that the members of his golf club are his true friends, calling them “the special people”. “So, this is my real group,” he said. “These are the people that came here in the beginning, when nobody knew what this monster was gonna turn out to be, right?”
In the tape from the party, Trump was heard asking a member for advice on who he should appoint to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Friends claim that the US President is most comfortable when spending time at his clubs. He is currently spending his third consecutive weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Increasing questions about guests’ access:
Concerns have frequently been raised about the access guests at Trump’s clubs are given to the President. He was criticized for holding an important meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister on how to respond to a North Korean missile test in the middle of the Mar-a-Lago dining room, earlier this month.
Pictures showing the President and his staff reviewing potentially classified documents and making high-level calls to Washington were posted on social media by members.
Others club members posed next to the presidential limousine and with the army officer carrying the device from which a president can launch nuclear bombs (the nuclear football).
The President-was also recorded joking about asking for campaign donations from his clubs’ members. He said: “These members are loaded, Reince (Priebus, his now chief of staff). He will work the room for campaign contributions. Don’t quote me!”
Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary said that the recording tries to create a narrative that isn’t true by taking snippets of conversations and events out of context. “Mr. Trump was not inviting guests to help with selection interviews but simply “giving a description of what is happening and explaining the nature of the disruptions at the club and reassuring the members”, she added.